Jackie Joyner-Kersee to speak at Washburn University April 13

TOPEKA – Jackie Joyner-Kersee, considered to be one of the greatest athletes of all time, will speak about being a winner on and off the track and overcoming obstacles with character at 7 p.m. Monday, April 13, in the Washburn Room, Memorial Union, Washburn University. Admission is free, but tickets are required to enter and will be taken at the entrance. Students may pick up tickets now. Tickets will be made available to the public after noon Monday, April 6, in the student activities and Greek life office, located on the lower level, Memorial Union. No reservations allowed, though any ticket not picked up before the lecture will be available on a first come first serve basis at the door the night of the event. Joyner-Kersee won back-to-back gold medals in the heptathlon – was the first woman to score more than 7,00 points in the event – first woman to win a gold in the long jump, and won six Olympic medals in four consecutive Olympic Games. Sports Illustrated voted Joyner-Kersee Female Athlete of the 20th Century. Joyner-Kersee has a philanthropic drive and works globally. She opened a children’s center in Eastern St. Louis and has also started the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Foundation. Both offer education and recreational activities for children and families. She has written two books, “A Woman’s Place is Everywhere,” and an autobiography, “A Kind of Grace.” Washburn Student Government Association and St. Francis Health Center are sponsoring the event. For more information, contact Blake Bryant, special events director, WSGA, (785) 670-2322 or e-mail [email protected]